Thursday, July 2, 2009

Question of the Week

Rick, Fairfield, NC
Subj: Mel Blount
Where is former Steelers great Mel Blount now?

A member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Blount currently oversees The Mel Blount Youth Home of Pennsylvania, a multi-service treatment program for young males who are victims of child abuse and neglect. According to Blount, his inspiration for the idea came from a higher power. "There had never been a pro athlete to come out of my town, so when I would go back home, my nieces and nephews would tell their friends about Uncle Mel coming,” he says. “All the kids would be out there on the farm, wanting to take a picture or throw the football. The Lord spoke to me and said you could do more than this." And he did. Blount’s shelter has helped hundreds of boys get their lives back on track by offering an array of counseling and treatment options. "There are a lot of emotional highs and lows in this,” he admits. “If I can just help kids, just to reach one is worth it."